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Go Faster, Get Rounder -
Subject: Yes. You want this one. For sure.
Many, many thanks to however made this available and to whoever upped it.
I had a 4/26/71 tape I got back in the early 1980s with part of this show appended to the end as filler (part of the acoustic set -- "Friend of the Devil" through "How Long Blues" (including all the banter with Bear over the sound) then a partial of "New Speedway Boogie." I was crazy about it: I couldn't get enough of "How Long Blues" which I had no other copy of, nor did anyone else I knew. The date it was labeled with, however, was erroneous-- it was labeled as a 1974 show. I finally traded for tape of the date it was listed as being from--when I finally got it there was much excitement initially --but, of course, it turned out that the tape was of a different show, and not good fidelity at that. I was the bummed dude.
Anyway, pretty much the very first thing I did when I got Deadbase II (which was the edition that was out when I found out about it) was sit down to figure out what show the acoustic stuff I liked so much was from. Anyway, I had about 400 hours of pretty good quality stuff on cassette tape, so the fact that liked the short partial I had of this show that much should indicate the esteem in which I held it.
(I can't tell you how much easier things are now--hell they started getting easier with just getting a copy of the Deadbase book--now they are insanely easy.)
Anyway, it was a true pleasure to finally be able to hear the entire show--and an excellent fidelity copy of it at that. (I'm a few years late writing this "thank you" and other comments.)
Great show, excellent fidelity for a 1970 show. There are some glitches and a couple of patched songs, but still very, very listenable by anyones' standards who has listened to a decent number of shows from this era.
My earlier comments focused on the first set, but the second set is excellent too. I think this may have been the first El Paso -- it is done at the Marty Robbin's tempo -- which is pretty unique given the normal juiced speed that they play it at.
I love the funky percussion at the start of China Cat --> Rider -- I would have loved to have heard them do stuff like that more often. (For all the clever commenters, probably the reason that it is marked as "China Cat --> Jam --> I know you Rider" is that those used to be stand along songs that were not played together until not too long before this show -- late 1969, I think -- and I am sure whoever upped it just followed the very early, and in my book very esteemed, taper's notations. Anyone who was taping shows back in 1970 gets to make fun of it but everyone else: Don't do it--it makes you look silly.) Anyway, it is still a pretty raw transition at this point--not the totally fluid stuff you would get later --like Providence 9/4/80, or even PNE Coliseum in 1973.)
Having only a partial of the Easy Wind is kind of a bummer, especially how good the ending of it sounds-- oh well, Pigpen sounds in good form for what little there is of it.
Although Pigpen may not have been their most talented keyboard player-- Keith in the early years could light it up, Brent was mindbending at times, and Bruce and Vince were talented as hell -- but despite that I still think I like best the material where Pigpen is doing his Hammond B3 organ vamps. It just seems to fit sooo well and it sounds just too cool-- at least to me.
And in my book, anytime you have a full Cryptical suite it is a very good thing (the drummers were having a seriously good time this show -- and are high in the mix -- an interesting mix compared to most). Plus, out of that into Cosmic Charlie -- a huge start to Cosmic Charlie -- it fires all my little overloaded neurons. Actually, I think this is one of the all-time Cosmic Charlies -- the vocals have a couple of rough points (Cosmic Charlie is a freakin hard song to play and sing--doesn't seem like it would be but it is -- try it sometime), but it starts out perfect, and the couple of glitches in the middle are quite short, and by the end they have the vocals working freakin great--like the best I've heard -- and the short jam towards the end is restrained, yet exudes massive raw power-- the aural equivalent of Bruce Lee after he realizes that the guy who just hit him in the face with a cream pie also killed his sister -- but just before he starts kicking butt . . . . Overall, it is just HUGE -- and I really, really like Cosmic Charlie a lot -- a hugely unique song musically -- and who hasn't known a few Cosmic Charlies?
Then the drums to start Good Lovin ("Sock it to em" someone says-- and they got it RIGHT -- the drummers were smoking on this night) -- and Pigpen -- with his vibe and power -- and a LONG Phil solo in Good Lovin -- yeah, yeah, yet another Phil Solo . . . . Right. What are there -- like 10 total? Unfortunately a NASTY cut in Good Lovin right after everyone starts working back in with Phil, but at least we do have about a minute and a half of Phil soloing.
And I love the drums in Uncle John's band -- the drummers were truly on during this show-- I love what they were doing. And by happy coincidence, they were not only on, but high in the mix.
I highly recommend this one. Now, go on home, your Mama's calling you . . . . But first listen to this show really, really, really loud . . . .
Of Note: David Crosby plays 12-string guitar on Cumberland and New Speedway, and Jerry plays electric on these tunes.
RE: The China>Jam>Rider notation, this is also how it is notated by Jim Powell, Dick Latvala and Rob Eaton in their description on deadlist.com, not sure why .. just an FYI.
You get the best of both worlds with this show.A nice somewhat mellow acoustic dead and the rocking ballbusting psychedelic dead. quality with these old shows arent the best sometimes but better than nothing.
Subject: small miracles
No thanks for chopping TOO up into four tracks...at least Good Lovin' is intact.
To whomever wrote the "Description": thanks for letting us know that they "Jam" between China and Rider.
four stars for an excellent show with sound quality issues (though it does contribute some funny banter) and lyrical slip ups. overall a wonderful, love these 70s acoustics. wrenching black peter and jammin deep elem.
song title error for china cat, has the usual i know you rider transition, before easy wind. thought for a second the ccs>ikyr pairing was absent (only happened twice since 69) but no dice.
Why is "That's It For The Other One" split into four separate tracks?
Subject: inhale this
& hold it
Subject: Great Acoustic Dead
An evening with the Grateful Dead, how sublime. The Acoustic Dead play great, with a nice rare How Long Blues. A nice jam on New Speedway, always a favorite of mine. The electric set is played excellent. I recommend checking this one out.
Dylan M -
Subject: Acoustic Set is tops
How Long Blues, Deep Elem Blues, Cumberland Blues...
The How Long is a delightful Jerry rarity. It may be my only SBD copy of it by the GD.
This version of New Speedway is nice and jammed out with a three minute jam outro to end a nice acoustic set. We thank the powers that be for getting this to us.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July, 14, 1970 at the Euphoria Ballroom, San Rafael, California, United States of America
~Super 70' Soundbard & Classic 1970 Sound~
This show is a "gotta have it, must have".
At the begining of Elpaso Jerry says: "Okay now here's where Weir gets his wish...at the expense of everybody..."
Apparently someone forgot to turn the tape machine on when "Easy Wind" started, so all we get is a Garcia solo and Pigpen singin' the last verse and then it ends...freakin' hippies!
The GRATEFUL DEAD are still doing songs from Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa which is a real treat to hear performed live.
An exceptional performance of "Cosmic Charlie".
And there is nothing like Pigpen singing "Good Lovin'".
Uncle John's Band is performed effortlessly and is memorable. Garcia's guitar sound is classic; full of tone & body.
Nothin' like a GRATEFUL DEAD show, especially when it's in a tiny hole in the wall club in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael.
Today the Canal is filled with Hispanics and everything is in Spanish...lmao
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